Dr. Joyce Defends Pennsylvania Energy Jobs

Washington, DC – During today’s hearing with U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Congressman John Joyce M.D. (PA-13) emphasized the importance of Pennsylvania coal jobs, as well as the need to retrofit coal mining operations to be equipped with the latest carbon capture technology.

At the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing entitled “The Fiscal Year 2022 DOE Budget,” Dr. Joyce asked Secretary Granholm to affirm the importance of American energy security and resiliency.

“Pennsylvanians and Americans from across coal country understand firsthand that, if we are to stay energy secure, then we cannot afford to walk away from this resource…Coal provides the constant baseload power that is the backbone of the American electric grid and keeps our country moving,” said Dr. Joyce. “It would be shameful to throw away this energy opportunity because of some people’s preconceived ideas about coal.”

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania remains a worldwide leader in energy production. During today’s hearing, Dr. Joyce urged the U.S. Department of Energy to work alongside Pennsylvanians to find innovative solutions that keep workers at the forefront of America’s energy production.

Watch Dr. Joyce’s full conversation with Secretary Granholm here.